Chris Stapleton, Dwight Yoakam Sing ‘Seven Spanish Angels’ at 2016 CMA Awards
Chris Stapleton teamed up with Dwight Yoakam to perform the classic song "Seven Spanish Angels" at the 2016 CMA Awards. Originally recorded by Willie Nelson and Ray Charles, the track has become a timeless single, proving that country music knows no genre bounds.
The pairing of Charles and Nelson for "Seven Spanish Angels" may have seemed like an odd combination back when the song was released in 1984, but it's the power of the song and their stunning performance that has stood the test of time. And Stapleton and Yoakam's stellar performance was just as powerful as the original, proving that you don't need flashing lights or an intricate stage to get the significance of a song across -- all you need is a good band, a talented backup singer (Morgane Stapleton and those gold pants for the win!) and a really great song.
The reigning king of the 2015 CMA Awards, Stapleton swept Country Music's Biggest Night last year, winning every category he was nominated for, including New Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. And this year may prove to be just as fruitful for the country singer, who has six nominations and won the award for Music Video of the Year before the show even started!
One of the most illustrious stars to never win a CMA Award is country legend Yoakam. That absence of trophies is truly surprising for an artist who has spent over 30 years writing and performing pioneering country hits such as "Honky Tonk Man" and "Streets of Bakersfield." In 2016, Yoakam performed at the 2016 Americana Music Festival, acted in a new television series on Amazon Studios and released yet another groundbreaking record, on which he remixed some of his own classic songs and re-imagined them as bluegrass tunes.
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